Former clerk charged in Pittsburgh police records room thefts

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A former Pittsburgh employee turned herself in this afternoon on charges that she stole $15,000 from the records room in the Municipal Courts Building, where she worked.

Terri Randolph, 48, of Bon Air, faces charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

Investigators said she cost the city an additional $14,500 when she failed to deposit numerous checks, many of which were too old to deposit by the time they were discovered.

People visit the records room to buy copies of accident and some criminal reports.

Robbery detective Paul Kirby wrote in a criminal complaint that Ms. Randolph told her supervisor in November that she needed to talk to him about "a terrible thing she had done and needed to clear her mind of."

He wrote that Ms. Randolph told Lt. Thomas Atkins that she took about $15,000 from the records room between October 2011 and November 2012. During an audit, investigators discovered that the amount she stole was closer to $17,000 and that she had failed to deposit 2,747 checks, 967 of which were too old to deposit.

Ms. Randolph is no longer employed with the city.

Controller Michael Lamb has suggested that several changes should be made in the records room. He said, for example, that city officials should have multiple employees collect money, prepare deposit slips and take money to the bank, rather than having one employee perform those tasks.

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Liz Navratil: lnavratil@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1238.


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